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Horsey Hall 


Mansion built in 1845 for Robert RISING, on the site of the earlier property.

Coursed flint with red brick dressings, which is rendered to the south facade. The roof is clad with Cumberland slate. The south front is of three storeys in three bays, with additional bays right and left set back from the main front line. The main door is set behind a Tuscan Order porch, which is a rare thing. There are two unfluted columns. No frieze in the entablature. Projecting hood with modillions. The roof is gabled and has a central flat. Internal gable-end stacks east and west and a third off-set to the west of centre. The side bays are of one bay in two storeys under hipped slate roofs. the rear (north) elevation has no render. The west extension has an offshut under a lean-to roof clad with corrogated asbestos. On the parapet line is a brick chimney stack right of centre. The east extension also has an outshut, this time glazed and under a lean-to clad with corrugated plastic sheeting.

Attached to the east is a very early 20th century two-storey extension. It is of red brick laid in Flemish bond under a gabled roof clad in Welsh slate. This roof is hipped to the east end. The south side has an oversialing first floor supported on square-section timber posts.

The plan is an old type (i.e. 17th century), modified to suit a more modest house than those for which the double-pile was intended. There is a central longitudinal passage between the two pile. At Horsey the rear pile is formed only of the main outshut.

Families Who Lived at The Hall

1803     Robert RISING of Martham, purchased Horsey Estate.

1831     Robert RISING is described as living in a "neat house" at Horsey

1841     Robert RISING Snr. dies, aged 72

1844-45  Robert RISING Jnr. rebuilds Horsey Hall on a larger scale

1850     Robert RISING makes other improvements to the Estate

1854     Robert RISING, M.A. and J.P. married to Elizabeth and bringing up their children at Horsey

1862     Mary RISING dies, aged 86

1880     Robert RISING's son, Capt. Charles Compton RISING, having been dismissed from the Navy, is living in a cottage in the village.

1885     Robert RISING dies. Sale of house contents at the Hall. The son, Charles, has been disinherited, and the estate put into the hands of Trustees

1890    Charles's wife Catherine Ursula dies - Charles lives at the Hall until 1896

1894     Estate bought by Viscount Massereene and Ferrard, who did not live here. Their agent, A.F. Wynne, let the Hall and Estate to Harold HARMSWORTH, newspaper baron, member of Lord Rothmere's family.

1896 - 1900    HARMSWORTH sublet the hall to journalist friend Mayson M. BEETON

1903     Harold HARMSWORTH and family lived at Hall. During this time they extended the Hall with an East Wing so that they could bring their servants.

1911     Lord and Lady LUCAS & DINGWALL living at the Hall

1912    Dowager Lady Massereene and Ferrard had the present Mill built.

1915 - 1922   Robert N. HALFHEAD renting the Estate and living at the Hall.

1922     Lady LUCAS & DINGWALL has bought the Estate. Robert N. HALFHEAD still living at the Hall

1925     Lady LUCAS resident in Horsey at the Hall

1929     Lady LUCAS sold the Estate to Major Anthony BUXTON

1930     The Hall rented to Lady HILTON, (wife of Robert SCOTT of the Antartic)

1931     Major Anthony BUXTON, wife and family resident at the Hall

1948     The Estate bequeathed to the NATIONAL TRUST

1958     John BUXTON, Major BUXTON's son, living at the Hall and running the Estate.

1970     Major BUXTON dies, aged 89.

In recent years, John BUXTON's son, Robin, runs the Estate


Horsey Photohistory

A Genealogical CD, in PDF format so can be read by any computer, containing almost 200 high quality photographs, all from private sources, depicting the life and times of this idyllic Norfolk Broadland village.

Never-before-seen photographs of the Horsey Flood of 1938, together with people and events in village life, covering the past 120 years.

Cost of CD, including postage and packing to any destination is